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Sue Hickey: It’s All About Health and Housing

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<p><img width="1000" height="745" src="https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/SueHickey_TT.jpg" class="attachment-large size-large wp-post-image" alt=""></p>Transcript of doorstop interview with Clark independent candidate Sue Hickey at the announcement of nominations and drawing of ballot paper positions ceremony at the Tasmanian Electoral Commission, Moonah, 8 April 2021. Tasmanian Times Sue Hickey, how’s your campaign going so far? Well, I’m really encouraged. We’ve got a lot of people ringing up and offering […]

Transcript of doorstop interview with Clark independent candidate Sue Hickey at the announcement of nominations and drawing of ballot paper positions ceremony at the Tasmanian Electoral Commission, Moonah, 8 April 2021.

Tasmanian Times

Sue Hickey, how’s your campaign going so far?

Well, I’m really encouraged. We’ve got a lot of people ringing up and offering to volunteer, and that’s with poster sites, letterboxing and in any other way they can. So it’s really been quite exciting.

Tasmanian Times

You can say that a lot has happened since the start of the campaign. How do you think the machinations with the other parties and particularly with the Labor Party, in Clark, are going to affect your chances?

Sue Hickey

I’m not 100% certain, but I think people are annoyed that this election has been called with no due reason. And unfortunately, it has left a lot of the parties are scrambling to get things together. So maybe scrutiny wasn’t as good as it could have been in all parties. And this is just due to the undue haste. I mean, it’s completely unnecessary election, and therefore a lot of people are unprepared. And I don’t think that’s the best outcome for the people of Tasmania, because we want the best possible people we can get in the Parliament at all times, regardless of party or independence.

Tasmanian Times

So in terms of getting things together, what are you focusing on? You’ve got, what three and a half weeks left? What are you focusing on in terms of the mechanics of campaigning?

Sue Hickey

Well, we’re doing all the traditional things, which is obviously to get posters up, get some letterboxing, doing a mail out, we’re doing a lot of social media, we’re putting out a lot of statements, and we’re ramping all of that up. We’re trying to hold the government of the day to account. And we’re really just trying to put up the best alternative we can be, so the people have a choice. And they can make a rational judgment on who they want to represent them.

Tasmanian Times

I think it was Sean Ford in The Examiner yesterday, who said you had some baggage from this first term of Parliament. But how do you see your first term? And do you think that will work as a positive or negative for you?

Sue Hickey

Well, actually, I think it’s working as a positive. People are actually saying ‘well isn’t she brave’ and ‘she’s tough’, and ‘she just wasn’t a group thinker’. And she stood up for what she valued. So that’s certainly the feedback I’m getting. And the constant thing they say to me in the supermarket and down the street is ‘you keep those bastards honest’. Which is kind of comforting. So I think they see me as a bit of a warrior for the truth. And that’s what I would like to be. They also know that I have spent my three years actively doing stuff. I have been championing everything that I think the community wants, and therefore I’m seen to be getting things done. And I know that there’s a lot of our elected members who don’t have that or haven’t been able to say that.

Tasmanian Times

The Labor machinations have been a bit of distraction from actual policy. What feedback are you getting from voters about the sort of issues that are going to make up their minds about how they vote?

Sue Hickey

Without a doubt health is the number one issue. People are fed up with waiting. They’re very disillusioned, and all these big money promises that have been announced over and over again, it’s like Monopoly money. And you’re just wondering where it’s coming from. Why didn’t they do it in the last past three years of government? Why didn’t they? I’ve been calling out for them to train up new nurses, to actually employ more nurses. Here we are; you can’t get an operation unless you’ve got a nurse. And we already – I think it’s 300 nurses a day just to keep it to basic funding, operational levels – we’re short by 300 a day. So how the hell are we going to ramp things up?

So it’s health would be without doubt number one; the current housing crisis; the unaffordability of houses; their absolute slackness in not building. Bear in mind, day one of me being elected I was calling out on housing. And I’ve had every single meeting with the two premiers over that time. And I’ve taken other opportunities to call it out in the media. I said the government didn’t give a shit about housing. They weren’t listening. And they didn’t listen. And now look what we’ve got. They’re calling it market failure. It’s a failure of government for not addressing it.

Returning Officer for Clark, Greg Winton.

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/sue-hickey-its-all-about-health-and-housing/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sue-hickey-its-all-about-health-and-housing

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